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Today Monday February 17

Afternoon

Jazz

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Dulcie May Quintet @ The Globe Jazz Bar - July 18

Dulcie May Moreno (vocals); Stephen Bridgland (guitar); Steve Summers (tenor/soprano saxes); Paul Grainger (bass); Rob Walker (drums)
(Review/PHOTOS by Lance)

I missed this super songstress' last concert in Newcastle but remembered her performance at a Black Swan jam session so that even though there was the intriguing prospect of Alan Barnes with Sue Ferris and the Paul Edis Trio up the road my decision was made and, despite the vagaries of our so-called rapid transport system I made it to the Jazz Coop's upper room just in time for Comes Love.
The voice, every bit as good as I expected and Bridgland's guitar solo equally magical. No Moon at All, Honeysuckle Rose and Taking a Chance on Love followed. The voice, pitch perfect, the phrasing impeccable, the band with her every step of the way.

It couldn't get any better than this - or could it?

Up stepped Steve Summers - now a proud grandfather and, when it comes to sax playing, a grandmaster - adding a Coltrane feel to Stolen Moments, Steely Dan's Home at Last, Moanin' and Chains (?).

Intermission. CDs being sold, A good crowd including Alice Grace pictured with Dulcie - singing-wise two of the very best.

The second set opened with Cole Porter's Get Out of Town although nobody did - who would? would you? Summers switched to soprano sax for the gender reversed Nature Girl. A raunchy Nina Simone number, Are You Ready?, then God Bless the Child - was this a request from the new grandfather? the blistering sop sax solo suggests it may have been!

Hum Drum Blues an earthy down-home swinger it could almost have taken us back to the 1950s - if they'd had ipads in those days. Powerhouse drumming from Walker and a touch of humour from Grainger.

Love Me or Leave Me done fashionably uptempo before it was time for to Let the Good Times Roll and roll they did.

The Jazz Coop's Moocher Minnie thanked the band who returned the compliment with a spirited version of Minnie the Moocher.

It was one of the best Globe gigs in a long long time and, if you missed it then all is not lost there are three options. On August 9, Dulcie, Grainger and Bridgland are at The Vault in Hexham, The Dulcie May Quintet have a CD available and, hot off the press, there is also a duo EP.

I recommend all three but, if you can't make it to Hexham then the albums are essential. Most of the numbers were performed at last night's concert and represent a pinnacle in UK jazz singing.
Lance

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Agreed. This was a stunning performance - perfect in every respect. Lance sums it up well. Graham